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Exhibit, celebration and CD mark Caffe Lena's 53 years as folk haven

Bob Dylan, Suze Rotolo and Lena Spencer sit around a table at Caffe Lena early in Dylan's career (Courtesy Joe Alper Photo Collection)
Bob Dylan, Suze Rotolo and Lena Spencer sit around a table at Caffe Lena early in Dylan's career (Courtesy Joe Alper Photo Collection)
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There’s a quote by the late Lena Spencer, founder of Caffe Lena, buried in the new coffee-table book about the venue, “Caffe Lena: Inside America’s Legendary Folk Music Coffeehouse,” that’s prophetic: “How do you condense, in a few short paragraphs, the memories, the experiences, the love that spans two and a half decades? They’d fill a book, and someday they will.” For Jocelyn Arem, director of the Caffe Lena History Project, that quote helped set ...

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